Ubisoft working on Ghost Recon: the movie
Ubisoft has revealed that the Ghost Recon series is the latest of its videogame series to be developed into a movie...
If you were to focus exclusively on the worst examples, you'd be forgiven for thinking that making a proverbial good videogame movie is a trickier proposition than spinning straw into gold.
Recently, though, we've heard that Ubisoft has taken a leaf out of Marvel's book, and has set up its own movie studio (called Ubisoft Motion Pictures), which will bring the process of adapting its games to films in-house.
We've already heard that Michael Fassbender has been signed to play the lead in an adaptation of the Assassin's Creed series, while Tom Hardy is the big name attached to a movie version of Splinter Cell. These movies, it's said, will cost around $100million a piece, and will emerge at some point in 2014 or 2015.
In a recent interview with the LA Times (news of which reaches us via Bleeding Cool), Ubisoft Motion Pictures boss Jean-Julien Baronnet has revealed that he's also working on a movie version of the company's venerable Ghost Recon franchise. Like Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon was sold under Tom Clancy's name, and has remained a mainstay of the tactical shooter subgenre for more than a decade.
The project is only given a brief mention in the LA Times piece - Baronnet, the story reads, is "putting together a pitch" - which means it's still in the very earliest stages of development, so it'll probably be some time before we hear much more about it. If Ubisoft follow the typical pattern, though, we suspect it'll be chasing for some big names to attach to the project as soon as possible - given the squad-based tactics of the game, might we expect a starry ensemble piece, like a stern-faced version of The Expendables?
More on this as it comes in.
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